Greetings, Sag Harbor. I hope this finds you safe and well. As Local Content Librarian/Archivist for JJML Local History & Special Collections, I am tasked with the mission to collect and preserve not only Sag Harbor’s past, but also its present, for the researchers of today and those of the future. It is no surprise, then, that this mission has led me to document the history we are all dealing with at the moment.
Since mid-March, I have been actively documenting COVID-19’s impact on Sag Harbor. This has resulted in the John Jermain Memorial Library COVID-19 Sag Harbor Digital Archive. A work-in-progress, I have compiled news stories, social media posts, emails, photographs, videos, and more, from local organizations, businesses, and neighbors. If you have taken photographs, videos, written down your thoughts, etc., and would like to have your story be added to the archive, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Physical paper-based ephemera (take-out menus, flyers, letters, etc.) will gladly be accepted once the building reopens.
This archive is purely for educational and research purposes. All copyright resides with the respective owners.
As our director, Cathy Creedon, has said, “I know that weeks and months and years from now our voices will be remembered.” A sampling of what can be found in the archive is below.
[Featured photo of a sparse Main Street taken by Suzan Smyth, March 20, 2020.]